The unwelcome zits that develop overnight and routine breakouts can be so frustrating, especially when they pop out just before a much-awaited event. If you are in your 20s, you would have found yourself in a similar predicament quite a few times by now! Sometimes we may assume that no matter what products we use, or how much care we take to protect our skin, the breakouts will still persist. However, this is not the case. Given below are 20 ways we are secretly causing more harm to our skin than good:
1. You Are Stressed
Whatever the reason is, stress can wreak havoc on the skin, and no matter how many skin care products and anti-aging creams you use, you will not be able to resolve it. Stress makes your skin dull, and this may prevail lifelong.
Try to avoid stress by taking a break from your busy schedule and enjoying your life to the fullest.
2. You Pop Your Pimples
I know, heading out to the office with a pimple staring back at you doesn’t sound happening at all. But, that doesn’t mean you should prick it. Let it pop on its own.
By popping your pimples, you actually cause the pores to enlarge and make your spots look even worse.
3. You Wear Heavy Makeup
Applying heavy makeup on your skin clogs your pores and doesn’t let your skin breathe, resulting in acne. Go light and natural with your makeup and give your skin a break.
4. You Are Too Lazy To Wash Your Face Before Sleeping
Just because you are exhausted after a long day at work, it doesn’t mean that you can neglect to cleanse your skin. This may lead to a build-up of oil and dirt on your skin, and in severe cases, it may also cause bacterial infections.
5. You Share Your Makeup
Just because you love your friends and roommates a lot and share almost everything with them, it doesn’t mean that they should have a free pass to use your makeup kit. Sharing your makeup can make you susceptible to skin and eye infections, and it may lead to other ailments as well. So, it is better to inform your friends in advance that you don’t share your makeup.
6. You Avoid Anti-Aging Products
You might think that it’s too early for you to start using anti-aging creams, but the reality is totally different. The products that you start applying in your mid-20s have a great impact on your skin and can make it look dull and dry. So, it’s always recommended to use anti-aging creams on your face, neck, chest, and hands.
7. You Choose The Wrong Makeup Products
While choosing makeup products, you often go for products recommended by your friends. They might work well on your friend’s skin, but might not have the same effect on your skin. And if you are using a wrong formula, it can cause breakouts, which can be more stressful. Before you start using any product, make sure it’s the right product for your skin.
8. You Prefer To Tan Because You Like Looking Like A Bronze Bombshell
There is no doubt that dusky skin looks gorgeous, but it doesn’t mean that you should let your skin tan to obtain that complexion. Tanning causes premature aging and skin cancer, and the end results are worse. If you still want that complexion, you can slather on a self-tanner or a spray tan that are easily available in the market.
9. You Don’t Wear Sunscreen
One of the major ways in which you’re sabotaging your skin is by not applying sunscreen because you think that it breaks out your skin. If you are using the wrong sunscreen, it can clog your pores and develop blemishes. Go for a sunscreen that matches your skin type and wear a hat when you are out in the sun.
10. You Don’t Drink Enough Water
If you don’t drink at least eight glasses of water a day, your body won’t get the required amount of hydration, and that can show up as dry and flaky dead cells on your skin.
Make sure that you drink enough water so that your skin and body remain hydrated and replenished all the times.
11. You Skip Meals
Whenever you skip a meal, your brain is running on an empty and hungry stomach, which can cause your skin to dry quickly and age faster. Make sure that you pack enough healthy snacks in your bag and keep eating something at regular intervals. This will not only keep hunger at bay, but will also keep your skin healthy.
12. You Eat Too Much Sugar
Consuming too much sugar can break down collagen, causing glycation and sagging skin over time. Switch to a healthier option and keep your skin tight and healthy.
13. You Constantly Touch Your Skin
Every time you touch your face, you allow the bacteria to transfer from your fingertips onto your face, and this can trigger a new breakout, acne, and also end up in uneven and dotted skin. Bottom line: do not unnecessarily touch or pick at your skin.
14. You Party A Lot
It’s fun to party with your friends, but turning drinking into a daily habit is not only unhealthy but it also dehydrates your skin.
If you have a drink, make sure you compensate by following it up with a glass of water. This will help you replenish the lost moisture in your skin.
15. You Smoke While You Drink
Bumming a cigarette while drinking causes the elastin and collagen to break down, leaving the skin saggy.
16. You Love Experimenting With Drugs
As we all know, drugs are not at all good for health. They have a huge impact on our skin as well. Avoid drugs and make your skin look younger.
17. You Don’t Exercise Regularly
I know it’s a bit demotivating, but you should not forget that your body is not going to look ravishing forever. You need to work out to remain healthy and maintain the shape of your body. Along with maintaining your skin’s glow, exercising regularly also maintains the stress levels and boosts your mood.
18. You Compromise With Your Sleep
An eight-hour sleep is a must for healthy and glowing skin. While you sleep, the skin repairs itself. If you compromise with your sleep, it can lead to a sallow and dull complexion. It can make you look much older, and will result in dark circles as well.
19. You Talk Too Much On The Phone
Constantly holding your phone against your cheeks can lead to rashes and breakouts against the jawline. Make sure you clean the screen of your phone daily with an antibacterial wipe.
20. You Drink A Lot Of Coffee
Caffeine dehydrates the skin, and if you drink too many cups of coffee in a day, your skin will become dull and dry. Plus, any fine lines on your face will start appearing as wrinkles.
These are things we often forget to consider before we opt for skin treatment programs. Did you ever realize that you were secretly sabotaging your skin by following these everyday practices? Share your views in the comments box below.
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